St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley has been designated Oakland Diocese's Official Pilgrimage Site for the Fatima Centennial.

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which concludes on November 26, 2017. Bishop Michael Barber has designated St. Joseph the Worker as the official Oakland Diocese's pilgrimage site for visits, and the granting of the special indulgence.

St. Joseph the Worker is blessed to have a beautiful Lady of Fatima wood carved statue direct from Fatima, Portugal.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Special Fatima Centennial events:

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning)

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Bishop Michael Barber will be celebrating Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrimage Mass.

See our Events Page for a full listing of upcoming Fatima Centennial events.



Getting to know our Lady of Fatima – Part XXIV

As we prepare to celebrate The Fatima Centennial at St. Joseph the Worker thru November 26, 2017, it helps for us to have a little background, and so for the next few months we will be getting to know our Lady of Fatima with some historical background and stories compiled by Fr. Joseph Previtali, a priest from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Adjunct Instructor of Dogmatics, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.

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Part XXIV: BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER, VLADIMIR LENIN, who had returned to Russia at the beginning of 1917 from his exile in Switzerland, had been in hiding in Finland for more than two months. He was a fugitive from an arrest order given after the failed Communist uprising in July. He would become in a short time the father of the Communist Revolution in Russia.

His words, written from Helsinki at the end of September, reveal his diabolical ambition: "The Bolsheviki can and must take the state power into their hands…An insurrection must rest on a turning point in the history of a growing revolution, when the activity of the leading ranks of the people is greatest and when the waverings in the ranks of the enemies and of the weak, half-hearted, undecided friends of the revolution are greatest. In Russia there are still great resources both material and spiritual for a truly revolutionary way; there are 99 chances out of 100 that the Germans will at least give us a truce. And to secure a truce at present — this means already to conquer the whole world."

Warren Carroll describes dramatically the world situation at the end of September, 1917: "Across a continent, across a cosmos, across the immense wreckage of Western Christian civilization, they faced each other, the ultimate surviving antagonists of the apocalyptic year 1917: the girl-woman all in radiant white, with the lovely voice and the gentle, serious mien, Queen of Heaven and earth, Mother of God, who had promised that her Immaculate Heart would one day prevail in Russia and bring peace to all the world; and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov called Lenin, with his jarring voice and his whip-crack laugh and his bald bullet head and his mighty brain, ready to take Russia and the whole world for himself and his atheist, materialist creed, certain that the time had come for him to strike and to win."

And yet, in the mystery of Divine Providence and Divine Love and Divine Mercy, Carroll reminds us, the Mother of God, the Iberian Virgin, had come to the three shepherd children in Portugal even to save the soul of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in Finland. "Yet he too was her son, though he had put her out of his life since the days he had cherished the traditional Russian Christmas as a child, and the currents of her love and, above all, the lover of her Son Who is God, thrust ceaselessly against the iron bars of his heart."

Next Week: Part XXV of the fascinating story and history of Our Lady of Fatima.

Dear visitors and guests

Our basic mission at St. Joseph the Worker is to offer God's people beautiful liturgies, healing & reconciliation. If you have been blessed by your visit to St. Joseph, please consider blessing our parish with a gift. Through generous donations by faithful people like yourself, we intend on restoring this historic church back to its former glory, little by little.

You can make a safe, fast and easy one (1) time donation or a recurring donation with the ease of your smart phone through PUSHPAY. Follow these steps below:

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Welcome Deacon Arturo Bazan

Bishop Michael Barber has appointed newly ordained transitional Deacon Arturo Bazan to St. Joseph the Worker to be with our parish community in order to gain additional ministerial and pastoral experiences during his last year of priestly formation at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California. Deacon Bazan will be with us mostly on Sunday's and for other important events such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc., thru May 2018, when he is then scheduled to be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oakland.

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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer after Mass

Following the final blessing at our Masses, please join in as the celebrant priest leads the congregation in praying the "St. Michael Prayer." May God bless us with His spiritual protection.

Why Light a Votive Candle?

A Votive Light is a "silent sentinel" and can burn for your special intentions or for someone who is in need of prayers. This is a thoughtful expression of your sentiments and best wishes for any occasion. Your Votive Light can be an act of faith and charity - the light is a symbol of the sacrifice you have made in behalf of someone else - and it is a silent reminder of your prayers for them.

Unlike a regular purchase, a votive candle donation is an "offering" made to God through the intercession of the Saints which also helps support our St. Joseph the Worker Church's mission of beautiful liturgies, reconciliation and healing.

Your prayerful votive offerings are "lighting up" our church with beauty and prayer. Thank you, and may God bless you.